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Old 01-27-2016, 02:51 PM   #1
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Install RM base plate on Jeep Liberty

I've viewed the installation video on the etrailer.com site and read the comments from all the satisfied customers but I'm still a bit leary of trying to install a RoadMaster base plate by myself.

Does anyone have any direct experience installing an RM 521423-1 on a 2007 Jeep Liberty Limited? Keep in mind, I have limited mechanical skills (I was a computer engineer and marketing mgr) and my tools are limited to basic hand tools such as socket set, wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, etc. I don't own a torque wrench nor do I have any gizmos for removing plastic body panel fasteners or other body work.

Other than the base plate kit and wiring harness, are there other parts that I "must have?" My 2010 WGO Vista 30W is already set up to tow my 1993 Geo Tracker so the motorhome side is set.

Sorry for the basic questions but mechanics isn't my thing. I'd take it to a shop but there aren't any nearby I'd trust to air up my tires. Thanks.
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I bought the RoadMaster baseplate kit, took it to my local auto mechanic, who happens to be a long-time MH owner. He said he would install everything on our Jeep GC. he removed the tow hooks from the frame and installed the baseplate(s) for the towing hitch, for $100 less than Camping World quoted.

You might find a local mechanic shop to do the same.
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Thanks but there aren't any shops nearby that I have any confidence can do the job.
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I just installed the Blue Ox baseplate on my 04 Liberty, and it was a piece of cake! I shouldn't imagine that your baseplate is that much different. The most time consuming part of the "operation" was getting the grill and associated parts off and back on. Blue Ox has a great video that I used as the process went along; maybe you can find one for your baseplate as well. Go online or give the manufacturer a call. Good Luck!! A couple of six packs and a couple of friends for encouragement helps also.

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I always view things such that the cost of purchasing the tools is less than the labor for someone else to do the work and when I am done I have some new tools. If you can take photos and post them there are likely many here who can help as long as the car isn't required for daily use and can handle some down time. The e-trailer video and their tech support will also help as well.
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...The most time consuming part of the "operation" was getting the grill and associated parts off and back on...
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eTrailer has a video that appears useful. However, as we all know, the devil is in the details. They sort of "gloss over" getting the grill and bumper cover off.

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I always view things such that the cost of purchasing the tools is less than the labor for someone else to do the work and when I am done I have some new tools...
I used to think the same way but, after I retired, I wanted to get rid of "stuff," not acquire more! In this case, I may break a cardinal rule and borrow tools from a neighbor who builds sand rails in his 40'x65' "man cave." He has every tool known to man. I hate to borrow tools because I hate to lend tools.

Thanks Bronk and Vettenuts, at least you didn't laugh and tell me I was crazy! Gonna have to think more on this.
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Have you looked for front cover removal on YouTube? The reason I ask is, believe it or not, you need to remove the front cover of my Malibu to change a headlight bulb.
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Why don't you ask your neighbor to help you with the install. If he's a good friend, and has the tools and knowledge, it can't hurt to ask. It's a nut and bolt job and pretty much stright forward.
After, treat him to the best steak dinner you can find.
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Have you looked for front cover removal on YouTube? The reason I ask is, believe it or not, you need to remove the front cover of my Malibu to change a headlight bulb.
YouTube is a good idea. I'm always amazed at what I find on YT. As for your Malibu, some unpaid intern must have come up with that design. SMH!

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Why don't you ask your neighbor to help you with the install. If he's a good friend, and has the tools and knowledge, it can't hurt to ask. It's a nut and bolt job and pretty much stright forward.
After, treat him to the best steak dinner you can find.
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I just hate to bother others. Asking for advice on this forum is OK but asking a neighbor to give up a few hours seems like a bit much. However, if I get the Jeep apart and can't put it back together, I'll call him before my wife finds her Jeep in pieces.
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